Teatown Lake Reservation in August

in Essential Ramblings

If you don’t already know Teatown, you might want to consider a little summer adventure trip to get acquainted:
Teatown Lake Reservation’s 875-acre nature preserve spans into three towns (Yorktown, Cortlandt and New Castle) located in the northwest section of Westchester County.  The property provides a unique glimpse of the biological diversity and fragile ecosystem of the entire Hudson Hills and Highlands bioregion. Visitors are awed by the beauty of the preserve, which includes streams, hardwood swamps, mixed forests, meadows, hemlock forests, laurel groves and a scenic gorge. There are nearly 15 miles of hiking trails marked throughout Teatown’s preserve for visitors to traverse and enjoy.  The trails are open daily from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year.  Teatown’s Nature Center houses nature education exhibits and a live animal collection of a variety of amphibians, reptiles, birds of prey, and mammals.  The Nature Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. 

And along with all there is to do there, they also host a variety of great workshops and educational events!  Here’s a glimpse at what’s coming up:

Saturday, August 4, 7:30pm-9:00pm, Gone Batty.  Bats are amazing little mammals that help keep insect populations in check. Sadly New York’s bat populations are in peril.  Come learn about bats and the white-nose syndrome.  We’ll head outside at dusk to listen for bats with our bat-detector device. Please note this program is for families with children over 6-years-old. Free for members; $5pp for non-members. Call 914-762-2912 x110 to make a reservation.

Saturday, August 5, 10:00am-11:30am, Animals Incognito.  Camouflage plays an important role in nature, and for some animals it is their best defense against predators. Come meet some of Teatown’s most elusive critters. Afterwards we’ll take a short hike outside to play a game to test your cryptic capabilities! Free for members; $5pp for non-members. Call 914-762-2912 x110 to make a reservation.

Plein Air Painting Workshop.  August 6-10, 9:30am-12:30pm.  Spend a day or all week working alongside Teatown’s artist-in-residence, Melanie Kozol. Open to all students who have some familiarity with either oil painting, watercolors, pastels or drawing, this workshop uses the beautiful backdrop of Teatown as inspiration. Participants can choose to register for the day or the entire week. Class fees are $20/day or $75 for the week. Registration is open until July 30, 2012.
Call 914-762-2912 x110 to make a reservation.

Crow Play.  Saturday August 18, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm.  Did you know that crows are so intelligent that some refer to them as “flying monkeys?”  Come learn what makes these feathered bird brains tick by making crow enrichment toys with us. We’ll then take our creative inventions to their enclosure and watch how the crows interact with them. Free for members; $5pp for non-members. Call 914-762-2912 x110 to make a reservation.

Sunday, August 19, 1:00pm-2:30pm, Unbeatable Beaks.  A bird is a bird is a bird–right? Find out about the adaptations of some local birds by looking at what they eat and how they do it. This interactive program will have you skimming like a duck, sipping like a hummingbird, and pounding like a woodpecker. Free for members; $5pp for non-members. Call 914-762-2912 x110 to make a reservation.

Saturday, August 25, 10:00-11:30am, It’s Turtle Time!  Come meet Teatown’s turtle ambassadors, and all that’s involved in proper turtle care from enclosure size, design, heat, lights, diet etc. Come with questions or curiosity.  We’ll even head outdoors together for some enrichment with Clifford the tortoise. Free for members; $5pp for non-members. Call 914-762-2912 x110 to make a reservation.

Animal Adventures: Scavengers and Decomposers.  Sunday, August 26, 1:00–2:00pm.  Meet a few of Teatown’s animal ambassadors in this program featuring local scavengers. Free for members; $5 per child for non-members. Call 914-762-2912 x110 to make a reservation.

Visit www.teatown.org for more information.